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09/16/2011 - 5:09pm
Francona: Drew back 'on hold' with neck

There's yet another injury holding back the return of Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before Friday's game that Drew suffered a setback having to do with his neck. 

"He got a little bit of a neck problem [Thursday] so he's back on hold," Francona said. 

Drew, in the final year of a five-year, $70 million contract, hasn't played since July 19 due to his injured left shoulder. During a rehab stint with Triple-A Pawtucket, Drew earned more time on the DL when he suffered an avulsion fracture to his middle finger. Drew has played just 77 games and is hitting a career-low .219 with four homers and 21 RBIs. 

Meanwhile, Francona confirmed that Kevin Youkilis (sports hernia, hip) will not be available until Sunday, at the earliest. 

"He's pretty sore. I think we kind of a knew that [Thursday] night. He's certainly not going to play tonight and he won't play [Saturday...

09/16/2011 - 3:09pm
Lineup: Youkilis out, Reddick hits fifth

With Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis sidelined on Friday while trying to manage his hip injury and a sports hernia, outfielder Josh Reddick will hit fifth and serve as the lineup protection for cleanup hitter David Ortiz. Mike Aviles will get the start at third base against Rays starter James Shields, who is 2-2 with a 2.87 ERA against the Sox this year.

Jason Varitek will be behind the plate as Josh Beckett makes his return to the Red Sox rotation, pitching for the first time since rolling his ankle on Sept. 5.

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Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Ortiz, DH
Reddick, RF
Scutaro, SS

09/16/2011 - 3:03pm
Lavarnway honored by Baseball America

Red Sox prospect Ryan Lavarnway was named the catcher on Baseball America's 2011 Minor League All-Star Team. Lavarnway, who has produced consistently excellent offensive numbers as he's worked his way up the ladder, had his biggest season yet in 2011. He hit .290 with a .376 OBP, .563 slugging mark and .939 OPS along with 32 homers between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. He earned a pair of callups to the majors, where he is hitting .250/.344/.321/.665.

Here is what Baseball America had to say about the 24-year-old:

"Lavarnway stands well above the field, even in a season when seven other catchers hit at least 20 home runs — a group that includes Eastern League MVP Travis d'Arnaud and top prospects Wilin Rosario of the Rockies, Tommy Joseph of the Giants and Derek Norris of the Nationals. That's because Lavarnway batted .290/.376/.563 and mashed 32 homers at the two highest levels of the minors to earn his first taste of...

09/16/2011 - 1:55pm
Marchand on M&M: Deal never in doubt

Newly re-signed Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon. Marchand agreed to a two-year deal worth a reported $5 million Wednesday, allowing him to participate in training camp from the beginning.

Marchand said that he was always up to date on the negotiations, despite whispers to the contrary.

"I've heard rumors and stuff that people though that I wasn't very involved, but every time the Bruins spoke with my agent, I heard about it minutes later," he said. "I knew everything that was going in very crisp and clear detail. I was very much involved in our side of it. I knew what was going on. It just took a little longer, that's all."

The 23-year-old said he never lost hope that he would be ready to skate with his teammates at the first practice of training camp.

"We didn't get to talk that often during the summer. It was very long, very hectic," he said. "But I...

09/16/2011 - 1:09pm
Julien: Cup win 'doesn't matter this year'
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins opened training camp Friday at TD Garden with fitness testing, officially opening the preseason coming off June's Stanley Cup victory. 

Coach Claude Julien said players are excited for the new season, but that they can't let last season's success slow them down. 

"What we accomplished last year really doesn't matter this year," Julien said. "It's going to be starting from scratch and building our team up to go through the highs and lows of a season and battle through it and work your way into a playoff spot and be ready to battle for it. There's a lot of things that need to happen throughout the course of the season for us to have success again. 

"The famous Stanley Cup hangover that everybody talks about, I don't think we should be different from anybody else. What we've got to be better at is how we're going to handle it.… Obviously it is a real thing, and we need to be ready this year...

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